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Is America no longer the leader of the free world?

In the wake of the G-20 summit, many critics are saying America is no longer the leader of the free world. They argue since electing Donald Trump, we've abandoned our allies, backed out of a global climate agreement, and ceded our moral authority and commitment to democratic ideals. The U.S. has the world's largest military and biggest economy, and some argue we're leading by putting our own interests first. But have we lost our standing in the world?

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Thomas Bernes reported from Hamburg that on problems ranging from trade, climate change, and North Korea, the U.S. is seen as turning its back on the world.

“[The countries] will not be looking to the US for leadership—they will be looking to Trudeau, Macron and Merkel. From everyone, I’ve been speaking to, they don’t think this is going to change.”
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Images of an isolated Trump circulated widely in the media. Sources said Trump stepped out of the room during some key sessions, and French president Emmanuel Macron quipped that the U.S. president was never there when he wanted to address him.

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Observers reported  Trump’s “my way or the highway” philosophy made for a tense G-20 summit and warned the vacuum left by the withdrawal of U.S. leadership could lead to a breakdown of international order.

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The president himself claimed the summit was a big success. Many Americans prefer a U.S. foreign policy that does not prioritize or rely on cooperation or consensus from other nations.

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CNN reported Trump's stances put the U.S. at odds with the other 19 nations—but many of Trump's supporters disapprove of globalism and internationalism in general, and wholeheartedly support America being a club of one. 

Trump ran and was elected on the slogan of "America First," and if that means acting in isolation? So be it.

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Political editor Chris Uhlmann claimed the G20 proved "Trump has pressed fast forward on the decline of the US [and] has no desire and no capacity to lead the world."

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